used to be my bread and butter genre. In high school I’d barely pick up
a book unless it had a dragon, elf, wizard, witch or sword on the
cover. At a certain point I got somewhat burned out on the genre after
too many books that felt like blatant Tolkien imitations. This book was a
gift from a friend and I opened it a little uncertainly. Rather than a
novel, I found this book is actually a collection of linked short
stories each telling of one adventure of Geralt, a traveling
monster-slayer. The author has a clear love of classic fairy tales- in
one of the stories Geralt stumbles into a situation reminiscent of
Beauty and the Beast, while in another he encounters a Snow White.
Almost invariably the original hero of the fairy tale is in this
re-telling the monster. Not all of the deadly beasts are familiar
however- interwoven are creatures from Polish and Russian folk tradition
which add an intriguing eerie strangeness. This book is the first in a
long series and I hope to read more.
Lorde had the kind of mind and talent that only appears once or twice
in a generation. I started this collection of essays directly after
finishing Zami: A New Spelling of My Name and every page blew me
away. I started with a library book but half way through had to go out
and buy a copy because I wanted to be able to underline, circle
passages, write notes and dozens of exclamation points. I can tell this
is a text I will be returning to many times, and I cannot recommend it
fast-paced coming of age comic in the vein of Raina Telgemeier.
Astrid’s mom takes her and her best friend Nicole to watch a roller
derby game in a rink in Portland and Astrid immediately falls in love.
Her best friend, not so much. Astrid signs up for a roller derby summer
camp and discovers how much work it is to master a tough, dangerous
sport. Meanwhile she begins to feel abandoned by Nicole who chose to
attend a Dance camp instead. What starts as a story of rivalry becomes
instead a tale of how people sometimes grow apart as their interests
change and mature.
emotional story of a decade long friendship between the author and a
prickly, defensive, badly-behaved and demanding dog. Nicole adopted
Beija at 17, and they were companions through many huge life changes.
Nicole moved with her first love half way across the country to
Portland, OR, began a career as an indie cartoonist, broke up, came out
as a lesbian and discovered a shattering family secret. All the while
Beija was was by her side, teaching her both how to show love and how to
set up personal boundaries. Moved me to unexpected tears.
Shade is a bird-like native of Meta, a distant planet with a lingering
interest in the scraps of nostalgic Earth culture they’ve collected.
Shade uses her boyfriend’s position as a security guard at a museum of
Earth objects to steal the Madness Vest. She uses this to (somehow)
transmit her soul to Earth, where she inhabits the body of a 16 year old
girl, Megan. Megan has been lying in a coma after nearly drowning at a
wild party with her swim team. Only her boyfriend Wes is happy about her
surprise recovery- the rest of the team, and even Megan’s parents, fear
and resent her. Shade struggles to understand life as an Earth high
school student even as she struggles to resist the raw Madness that
swirls from her transport, the Vest. This book is part of the larger
Young Animals series from DC, but I read and enjoyed it as a
solid introduction to Persian myths, from the pre-Islamic era. It
follows the rein of many kings through generations of struggles with the
neighboring empires of Turan and Rome. Highlighted are tales of Rustem,
the renown hero who fought demons, dragons and many ferocious battles.
heartbreakingly honest story of isolation, identity, depression and
mental-health. The author overcame years of destructive behavior before
she was able to come out to herself and begin to find freedom and a
sexual life as an adult.
story begins with a classic D&D set up… a thief, an assassin, a
mage and a cleric meet in a tavern to hear about a job offer from a
mysterious stranger. But what this story actually offers is a D&D
flavored superhero team battling for the soul of a city. An army of
undead, a corrupt government and a Batman-verses-Catwoman like rivalry
unfolds over tiled rooftops, cobbled streets and in caverns deep under
I am endlessly impressed
with the contents of Tom Gould’s brain. Each strip in this collection is
funnier than the last. The stand-alone comics range over subjects from
book hording, time-travel, zombie apocalypses, what Charles Dickens
would do in the modern era, alternate titles for Moby Dick and of course
Kafka’s cooking show. Hilarious and delightful.
I got my hands on a real copy of Baking with Kafka which
collects one-hundred and fifty of my one-page cartoons and will be
published in the autumn by Drawn and Quarterly in North America and
Canongate in the UK.